Wednesday, December 17, 2008


One of the young punks who put fear into homeowners all across Gasport this Summer is getting well-deserved jail time.

The Buffalo News reports....

LOCKPORT — An East High Street teenager hasn’t pleaded guilty, but Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza let him know Tuesday he is facing hard prison time for a spree of burglaries and auto thefts in Lockport, Gasport and Middleport this fall.

Sperrazza told Dennis Schultz, 17, that she has ruled out youthful offender status and will not be sentencing him to boot camp-style “shock incarceration.” Schultz is charged with breaking into five houses and a shed and stealing six cars.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann offered Schultz the opportunity to wrap up the case by pleading guilty before indictment to two Class D felonies and one Class E felony. The case was adjourned until Jan. 7 so Schultz could think about it. Sperrazza said she would consider concurrent sentencing on the multiple counts, which would make the maximum term seven years.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said co-defendant Benjamin Stump, 19, of Washburn Street, has been offered a plea to two Class D felonies. Hoffmann said Stump participated in all the burglaries but just two of the auto thefts, both of which were connected with burglaries.